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Donnie Darko -- A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.


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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jake Gyllenhaal ... Donnie Darko

Holmes Osborne ... Eddie Darko

Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Elizabeth Darko

Daveigh Chase ... Samantha Darko

Mary McDonnell ... Rose Darko

James Duval ... Frank
Arthur Taxier ... Dr. Fisher

Patrick Swayze ... Jim Cunningham
Mark Hoffman ... Police Officer

David St. James ... Bob Garland

Tom Tangen ... Man in Red Jogging Suit

Jazzie Mahannah ... Joanie James

Jolene Purdy ... Cherita Chen

Stuart Stone ... Ronald Fisher

Gary Lundy ... Sean Smith

Alex Greenwald ... Seth Devlin

Beth Grant ... Kitty Farmer

Jena Malone ... Gretchen Ross

Seth Rogen ... Ricky Danforth
David Moreland ... Principal Cole

Noah Wyle ... Prof. Kenneth Monnitoff

Drew Barrymore ... Karen Pomeroy
Kristina Malota ... Susie Bates
Marina Malota ... Emily Bates
Carly Naples ... Suzy Bailey
Tiler Peck ... Beth Farmer
Patience Cleveland ... Roberta Sparrow / Grandma Death

Katharine Ross ... Dr. Lilian Thurman

Lisa K. Wyatt ... Linda Connie

Rachel Winfree ... Shanda Riesman

Jack Salvatore Jr. ... Larry Riesman

Lee Weaver ... Leroy
Phyllis Lyons ... Anne Fisher

Ashley Tisdale ... Kim, Dorky Girl
Alison Jones ... Dorky Half-Sister

Jerry Trainor ... Lanky Kid

Joan Blair ... Mystery Woman

Sarah Hudson ... Friend

Fran Kranz ... Passenger

Scotty Leavenworth ... David
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Conrad Angel Corral ... Vice Principal (uncredited)

Phil Hawn ... Teacher (uncredited)

Nancy Juvonen ... Flight Attendant (uncredited)
Margaret Kontra Palmer ... Concerned Mother (uncredited)
Dee Austin Robertson ... Movie Ticket Salesman (uncredited)
Jack Truman ... Teacher (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Kelly 
Writing credits
Richard Kelly (written by)

Produced by
Christopher Ball .... executive producer (as Chris J. Ball)
Drew Barrymore .... executive producer
Adam Fields .... producer
Thomas Hayslip .... line producer (as Tom Hayslip)
Nancy Juvonen .... producer
Casey La Scala .... executive producer
Hunt Lowry .... executive producer
Sean McKittrick .... producer
Aaron Ryder .... executive producer
William Tyrer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Andrews 
Cinematography by
Steven Poster (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sam Bauer 
Eric Strand 
Casting by
Joseph Middleton 
Michelle Morris  (as Michelle Morris Gertz)
Production Design by
Alec Hammond  (as Alexander Hammond)
Set Decoration by
Jennie Harris 
Costume Design by
April Ferry 
Makeup Department
Merribelle Anderson .... hair stylist
Merribelle Anderson .... second hair stylist
Lynn Barber .... makeup department head
Dorinda Carey .... assistant makeup artist
Leslie Devlin .... assistant makeup artist
Kathleen Freeman .... assistant makeup artist (as Kathleen Freeman-Smith)
Kimberly Greene .... makeup artist: Drew Barrymore
Isabel Harkins .... assistant makeup department head
Cammy R. Langer .... hair stylist (as Cammy Langer)
Lori McCoy-Bell .... hair department head
Barbara Olvera .... hair stylist: Drew Barrymore
Thomas E. Surprenant .... special makeup effects artist (as Thomas Surprenant)
Dale Brady .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Betsy Mackey .... unit production manager
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Cynthia Nicolella .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Kim Percival .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard L. Fox .... first assistant director
Heather Grierson .... second assistant director
Casey Mako .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Denise Anderson .... assistant property master
Mark Anderson .... property master
Bryan Belair .... construction coordinator (as Brian Belair)
Michelle R. Belair .... propmaker (as Michelle Belair)
Andrew Berentis .... propmaker
Jonathan Bernardi .... propmaker
Richard Bloom .... art department coordinator
Christopher Cuneo .... propmaker
Gregory Diggins .... propmaker (as Greg Diggins)
Dino Doane .... propmaker
Tim Durrell .... propmaker
Patrick Foyle .... propmaker
Andrew Garcia-Price .... storyboard artist
Thomas Gibson .... painter
Gregg Hager .... propmaker
Ted Harms .... propmaker foreman
Ted Harms .... propmaker (as Ted Harms Jr.)
Russel Harvey .... painter (as Russell Harvey)
Jeff Higinbotham .... set dresser
Tim Jackson .... construction foreman (as Timothy Jackson)
Jay Kelly .... graphic artist
Roger Knight .... swing gang
Terry Lasko .... propmaker
Christian E. Lemer .... propmaker (as Christian Lemer)
Julia K. Levine .... set designer (as Julia Levine)
Jamie Maheu .... set dresser (as Jamie Mehue)
Mark Mastropietro .... propmaker
Augustine Mendez Jr. .... labor foreman
Michael Mikita .... paint foreman
Missy Parker .... buyer
Alejandro Poli .... propmaker (as Poli Alejandro)
Mike Reiber .... painter
Christopher Schultz .... on-set dresser
Ed Sher .... painter
Bart Sullivan .... swing gang
Edward Tamayo .... set dresser (as Ed Tamayo)
J.R. Vasquez .... lead man
Scott Vollmer .... propmaker
Sound Department
Matthew C. Beville .... adr mixer (as Matt Beville)
Chad Blinman .... adr recordist
Jeff K. Brunello .... background sound editor
Jeff K. Brunello .... sound effects editor
Patrick Cusack .... assistant sound editor: director's cut
Andrea Danek .... assistant sound editor: director's cut re-release
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer: director's cut
Fred Drury .... additional boom operator (as Fredrick Drury)
David Esparza .... sound designer: director's cut
David Esparza .... supervising sound editor: director's cut
Bob Fisher .... boom operator
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer
Coleman Metts .... production sound mixer
Chuck Michael .... sound re-recording mixer
Nancy Nugent .... foley editor: director's cut (as Nancy Kyong Nugent)
Michael Payne .... additional sound design: director's cut
Michael Payne .... sound designer
Scott Reed .... sound general manager
Terry Rodman .... sound re-recording mixer: director's cut
Victoria Rose Sampson .... adr editor
Victoria Rose Sampson .... dialogue editor
Victoria Rose Sampson .... dialogue editor: director's cut
Victoria Rose Sampson .... supervising sound editor
Dan Scolnik .... foley editor
Nancy Tracy .... adr editor
Nancy Tracy .... dialogue editor
Eric Justen .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Andy Peach .... sound re-recording mixer: M&E (uncredited)
Aaron Rihel .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lorraine Fadden .... special effects crew
Scott Garcia .... special effects crew
Robbie Knott .... special effects coordinator
Daniel Yates .... special effects crew (as Dale Yates)
Visual Effects by
David Alexander .... compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
R. Christopher Biggs .... senior compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
Culley Bunker .... compositor: Amalgamated Pixels (as Culley M. Bunker)
D. Walt Cameron .... compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
Kelly Carlton .... additional visual effects
Kelly Carlton .... visual effects supervisor (director's cut)
Dennis Fitzsimmons .... compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
Derry Frost .... head of production: Amalgamated Pixels
Marcus Keys .... visual effects supervisor
Ken Locsmandi .... senior animator: Amalgamated Pixels
Joe Mangione .... senior animator: Amalgamated Pixels
Michael Morreale .... digital supervisor: Amalgamated Pixels (as Michael J. Morreale)
Jeremy Oddo .... senior animator: Amalgamated Pixels
Phillip Palousek .... digital coordinator: Amalgamated Pixels
Chad Royer .... senior compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
Paul Scott .... digital producer: Amalgamated Pixels
Gregory S. Scribner .... compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
Teod Tomlinson .... senior animator: Amalgamated Pixels
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging: THDX (uncredited)
Steven Emmert .... optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Robin Lynn Bonaccorsi .... stunts (as Robin Bonaccorsi)
Dan Bradley .... stunts
Mickey Giacomazzi .... stunt coordinator
Sean Graham .... stunts
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... stunts
Jeanna Phillips .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Waide R. Allen .... electrician (as Waide Allen)
Phil Aubrey .... grip
Klint Betz .... best boy rigger
Chris Byers .... grip
Pierre Cane .... electrician
Keith Chadwick .... grip
David Chameides .... Steadicam operator (as Dave Chameides)
Jim Chase .... grip
Kevin Cook .... grip
Briewen Corry .... grip (as Bri Cory)
Richard Crudo .... camera operator
Mike Curtis .... electrician
Richard Epps .... grip
Jim Favazzo .... crane operator: Technocrane (as James Favazzo)
Steve Franklin .... grip
Steve Gainer .... camera operator
Coby Garfield .... second assistant camera
Dale Gladish .... grip
Bernie Horn-Bostel .... best boy grip
Joel Jaspan .... grip
John Keefer .... grip
Andy Kessler .... camera loader
Lorna Leslie .... camera loader
Dan Lynch .... grip
Michael Stewart Maahs .... grip (as Michael Maahs)
Brian McPherson .... crane operator: Technocrane
David L. Merrill .... key grip (as Dave Merrill)
Ronald A. Miller .... key rigging grip
Dick Montagne .... camera operator
Mark Morton .... best boy electric
Derek Page .... electrician
Travis Panarisi .... electrician
Norman Parker .... first assistant camera
Larry Pausback .... grip
Lex Rawlins .... first assistant camera
Dee Austin Robertson .... camera intern
Dale Robinette .... still photographer
Brian Rosso .... grip
Michael Scott .... camera operator
Bing Sokolsky .... camera operator (as Bing Socolsky)
Larissa Supplitt .... second assistant camera
Victor Svimonoff .... best boy electric
Fritz Weber .... grip
Spencer Wilcox .... grip
Dustin Woods .... grip
Ignacio Woolfolk .... grip
William D. Wynn .... dolly grip (as William Wynn)
Jeff Zucker .... gaffer
Steve Gainer .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Dena Berman .... casting assistant
Debe Waisman .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donna Berwick .... assistant costume designer
Naillon Joan Cass .... costumer (as Joan Naillon Cass)
David Ferry .... costumer
Nisa Kellner .... costumer
Joseph Markham .... costume supervisor (as Joe Markham)
Editorial Department
Ngozi Akbar .... assistant editor
Allen Barnwell .... post-production assistant
Mark Eggenweiler .... assistant editor
Kevin Greutert .... first assistant editor (director's cut)
Jim Passon .... color timer
Robert W. Sterrett III .... post-production assistant
Greg Thompson .... assistant editor
Lisa Valenzuela .... post-production assistant
Chris Regan .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Jennifer Barak .... music editor
Ged Bauer .... music consultant (director's cut)
Todd Burke .... score mixer
Todd Burke .... score recordist
Shannon Erbe .... music editor
Steve Genewick .... assistant music engineer
Manish Raval .... music supervisor
Tom Wolfe .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Lyle Atkins .... driver: water truck
Michael Ballew .... driver (as Mike Ballew)
Curtis Clark .... driver
Lynda Dedmon .... driver: bus
Jennifer Duclos .... driver
Audrey Fitzgerald .... driver
Dennis Germain .... driver
Frank Graves .... driver
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Kirk Huston .... transportation captain
Jackson Iblings .... driver: bus
Roger Ickes .... driver
Alfie Jensen .... driver
Billy Kane .... driver (as Bill Kane)
Knut Kielpinski .... driver
Rocco Mann .... driver: van
Harry Marks .... picture car captain
Steve Maytum .... driver: bus
Anthony J. Mignano .... driver (as Anthony Mignano)
Joe Moreno .... driver
Lee Nashold .... driver: camera car (as Byron Lee Nashold Jr.)
Bill Needham .... driver
Kenny Nunn .... driver
Dennis O'Connell .... driver: honeywagon
John Pellegrino .... transportation co-captain
Bud Ruben .... driver
Michael Ryan .... driver
Andrew Saris .... driver: water truck
John Scott .... driver: water truck
Carlo Solano .... driver
Chris Waldoch .... driver (as Chris Waldock)
Hardy Ophuls .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
Adam Pinkstaff .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
John Steven Agoglia .... location manager (as John Agoglia)
Rebecca Asher .... script supervisor (as Rebecca E. Asher)
Eyal Axelrod .... assistant: Mr. Lowry
Josephine Batorski .... studio teacher
Chris Baugh .... set production assistant
Sean Bayat .... set production assistant
Jenni Calcare .... set production assistant
Kelly Carlton .... title designer: main titles
Antoine Doxey .... office production assistant
Darrel Drinkard .... technical support: Avid
Cate Engel .... assistant: Ms. Juvonen
Marjorie Ergas .... clearance (as Marj Ergas)
Jane Evelyn .... production secretary
John Fox .... assistant: Mr. La Scala
Jeff Fuller .... set production assistant (as Jeff 'Bones' Fuller)
Becky Gelbart .... set production assistant
Danielle Gordon .... office production assistant
William Gulliver .... assistant: Mr. Fields
Wes Hall .... stand-in
Jennifer Hamilton .... assistant choreographer
Michael Hansen .... unit publicist
Leslie Hewitt .... assistant accountant (as Leslie Plumlee)
Mike Hoy .... assistant to director and producer
Jason Inman .... medic
Roy G. Irwin .... medic (as Roy Irwin)
Jeff Jenofsky .... production assistant
Keith Jones .... key set production assistant
Anne Marie Jowell .... medic
Matthew Katz-Frost .... set production assistant (as Matthew Katz)
John Kelleher .... assistant: Mr. Lowry
Mark Kelly .... set production assistant
Kyle Klein .... assistant: Ms. Juvonen
Steve Larson .... dispatcher
Asha MacLeod .... set production assistant (as Asha Macleod)
Hugo Maldonado .... assistant chef
Linda McDonough .... clearance
Eddie Michaels .... unit publicist
Crystal Montiel .... craft service
Crystal Montiel .... set production assistant
Jordan Otis .... set production assistant
Evan Peller .... assistant location manager
Kim Percival .... production coordinator
Caoline Petterson .... set production assistant
Jeanna Phillips .... stand-in
Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks .... choreographer (as Marguerite Pomerhn-Derricks)
Heather Ray .... set production assistant
Alicia Richards .... medic
Cloy Richards .... production accountant
Genaro Rodriguez .... chef
Felipe Rodriquez .... chef
Anthony Santiago .... technical support: Avid
Margaret L. Schlaifer .... studio teacher (as Margaret Schlaifer)
Jon Shingler .... office production assistant
Rene Louise Smith .... set production assistant
Samuel W. Sullivan .... set production assistant (as Sam Sullivan)
Cindy Taylor-Arp .... set production assistant (as Cindy Taylor)
Michael Thomsen .... assistant: Mr. Fields
Rhonda Wheelan .... craft service
Chris Baugh .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Chris Beal .... assistant to production coordinator (uncredited)
Aileen Kiernan .... production assistant (uncredited)
Chris Miller .... personal assistant (uncredited)
Christina Applegate .... special thanks
Danny Elfman .... special thanks
M.C. Escher .... special thanks
Naomi Foner .... special thanks (as Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal)
Stephen Gyllenhaal .... special thanks
Aimee Mann .... special thanks
Moby .... special thanks
Jonathan Mostow .... special thanks
Eli Roth .... special thanks
Tony Scott .... special thanks
Kevin Smith .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut" - USA (director's cut)
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Rated R for language, some drug use and violence
113 min | 133 min (director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (British Columbia) (director's cut) | Canada:14A (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Czech Republic:15 | Finland:K-15 | France:U | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 | Italy:T | Japan:PG-12 | Mexico:B | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | New Zealand:M (director's cut) | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Portugal:M/12 (director's cut) | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:11 (TV rating) | UK:15 | USA:R | USA:R (director's cut)

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The movie takes place in 1988. Frank tells Donnie the world will end in 28 days, 06 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. If you add these numbers, the sum is 88. When Samantha asks when she can have kids, Donnie says: "Not until 8th grade." Donnie mentions to his therapist that his dog Callie died when he was eight. (He is later seen holding a stuffed toy dog in her office.) Donnie jokes about the Back to the Future (1985) DeLorean which had a speed of 88 MPH. According to the television reporter, the fire at Jim Cunningham's house was extinguished "sometime after 8:00 last night." The red-eye flight that almost crashes is Flight 2806 which boards at Gate 42 at 12 AM. The climax of Donnie Darko occurs one week before the 1988 US presidential election, when George Bush won on November 8, 1988 [11/08/88]. The movie was shot (for a budget of less than US$5 million) in 28 days. There are 28 scenes in the director's cut of this film.See more »
Errors in geography: Middlesex, VA, is mostly flat and does not have hills as depicted in the movie.See more »
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Elizabeth:I'm voting for Dukakis.
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312 out of 412 people found the following review useful.
the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had, 23 May 2002
Author: lwjoslin ( from Huston, TX, CSA

"Harvey" meets "The Mothman Prophecies," as a troubled teen starts hallucinating a horrific 6-foot-tall bunny rabbit that brings him dark forebodings about death and disaster in the very near future. A streak of "Heathers" is mixed in as well, with trenchant satirical observations of high-school life in the late '80s (story set in Oct. 1988), involving a priggish teacher, a self-help guru (Patrick Swayze!), and a put-upon fat girl at the fringes of the herd. Finally, a whiff of "Back to the Future," in the form of a local eccentric who just may have discovered the secret of time travel, but a secret that has more to do with spirituality than technology.

A lot goes on here. There's a meditation on the possible overlap between madness and the ability to perceive the divine. There's a demonstration of why, in the Bible, angelic messengers (if that's what "Frank" can be taken to be) are often so terrifying that they have to start by saying "Fear not." There's an enlistment of what martial artists refer to as the "ki" (or personal energy, emanating from a person's midsection) in the type of time travel depicted here (the term "ki" is never used in the flick, but the term "path," another word for Tao or "Way," is). Quantum physics theory about wormholes is tied to the Fortean phenomenon of things falling unexplained from the sky, in a way that's more pivotal, and therefore more interesting, than the gratuitous rain of frogs in "Magnolia."

Time travel paradoxes and ironies enter the picture as well. One character (no spoiler!), whose life is saved by Donnie's ultimate trip back in time, wouldn't have died in the first place if he hadn't dragged her along to the opening of the wormhole. Another character (again, no spoiler!), whose truly terrible secret comes to light in the wake of an arson investigation, must go unexposed as a result of that same time reversal, since the arson now won't happen. Surely that's no oversight on the part of the screenwriter; it must be an acknowledgment of the choices and trade-offs in life, as well as of a confidence that no such terrible secret can remain hidden forever.

Somehow this pastiche works, largely on the strength of good performances. Jake Gyllenhaal is appropriately moody and, also appropriately, not always likeable in the title role. Drew Barrymore, who executive produced, appears as a frustrated first-year teacher. The movie's often dreamlike atmosphere is enhanced by the cinematography, the subdued but effective special effects, and the choice of the music on the soundtrack, which includes '80's pop tunes, of course, and a haunting original song (over the end credits) titled "Mad World."

Not for all tastes, but better, stranger, and more complex than I expected.

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